Air Intelligence Unit [AIU] at Jayaprakash Narayan International[JPNI] Airport here in the past few months, the I-T [investigation ] department has sent a proposal to the Central Board of Direct Taxes [CBDT] for setting up a permanent AIU unit at Patna airport.
The success of AIU unit here has encouraged us to ask to convert the temporary unit into a permanent one, an I-T official said. The AIU unit gains further significance at JPNI air port as it may easily be used by white-collar criminals and smuggling agents to carry cash and other valuables to Nepal through porous Indo-Nepal border.
The I-T department had set up a temporary AIU unit at the city airport after the Election Commission of India asked it to do so during the recently concluded Bihar assembly elections.
Soon after setting up of the AIU, I-T sleuths had netted a Congress MP, R C Kuntia, carrying cash to the tune of Rs 12.5 lakh on Oct 12, 2010. Permanent unit may stop illegal cash flow to Nepal.